Unknown gunmen kill senior Bauchi poly employee, injure another

The Chief Engineer of The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Abubakar Garba Muhammad, was in the early hours of Saturday gruesomely murdered by some unknown gunmen in his house at Burshin Fulani settlement on the Bauchi-Dass road.

It was learnt that the assailants, whose number could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report, shot the deceased in the neck at about 2:30am. He was said to have died on the spot.

The late Chief Engineer’s killing was announced by the Federal Government-owned higher institution on its verified Facebook page on Saturday morning. The institution informed that the deceased would be buried by 9:00am.

“Innalillahi wa Inna ilahir rajiun. Unknown gunmen killed one of our staff, Chief Engineer, Engr. Abubakar Garba Muhammad (Babangida Birshi) of Directorate of Physical Planning around 2:30am at his resident in Burshin Fulani.

“His Funeral (Jana’iza) prayer as announced by the family will be held by 9:00am in Burshin Fulani Mosque, behind his house. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant his soul Jannatil Firdausi,” the Polytechnic stated in the post.

DAILY POST learnt that another resident of the settlement was also shot by the gunmen and was evacuated to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in the state capital, where he is currently receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the incident, assuring that the perpetrators would soon be nabbed as the state Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi, has directed that operatives should go after the gunmen, apprehend and bring them to justice.

Confirming the incident to journalists, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Mohammed Wakili, informed that the late Muhammad came out of his house upon hearing noise of struggling of one of his sons with some people at the gate.

According to Wakil, a Superintendent of Police (SP), on sighting the deceased, the gunmen shot him in the neck and he died on the spot.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that unknown gunmen attacked Burshin Fulani and killed one man, Abubakar Garba Muhammad of The Federal Polytechnic. He was shot on the neck and died on the spot. Our men who rushed to the scene evacuated him to the teaching hospital where the medical team on duty certified him dead.

“Our patrol team stationed at the main gate of the Polytechnic on hearing gunshots from the direction at about 4am, quickly mobilised and rushed to the area and on sighting the light of the patrol van, the gunmen fled,” the police spokesman said.

While assuring that the perpetrators would not go scot free, the PPRO said, “the Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi has directed that the police should go after the gunmen, apprehend and bring them to justice. Our men are after them now and very soon, they will get to them.”

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